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Animalisations

Discussion in 'Christianity in General DIR' started by Mindonfire, Apr 28, 2006.

  1. Mindonfire

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    Animalisation

    Have You Never Noticed The Animals?

    As we are now aware, in symbolism a material or physical object is used as a sign to represent the immaterial or spiritual universe. Whether you realise it or not symbolism is also used in everyday life. If you will study your dictionaries you will see that the use of symbols is woven into your languages. Today let us delve into this area of biblical symbolism which is also known as animalisation.

    Has anyone never noticed that the nature and attributes of animals and humans oftentimes mirror? Have you never noticed the similarity of animal and human behavior? Have you never noticed that the structure of society is similar to that of the animal kingdom? For example; Just as there are animals who dominate in the animal kingdom, there are also humans who dominate in society. The animals have their predators and preys, and in human society there are also predators and preys. And since this is the case the Scriptures will oftentimes use animals to represent humans who are behaving in the capacity of that certain animal or beast.

    We must begin to understand that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God is the principal force that separates man from beast (Gen. 2:7). The Holy Spirit of God enlightens man and allows him to move from his base beastly nature to a more exalted and aware state. This Spirit gives man the ability to reason, think, judge, calculate, and behave in an exalted manner (Exod. 31:3) Without the enlightenment brought by the Spirit, man will oftentimes revert to his beastly nature. In this beastly state he is unable to reason, think, judge, calculate, and behave in an exalted manner. His only inclination is to fulfill his primary beastly and predatory urges.

    Therefore when the Scriptures speak of animals and beasts, it is not always referring to one of the lower animals as distinguished from human beings. Many times it is speaking of humans. We must learn to discern these instances. If you can grasp and understand this concept then you will begin to understand the use of animal symbolism in the Holy Scriptures. You will also begin to understand the creation story of Genesis and the animal symbolisations which deal with the end times. Here are a few below

    Definitions from Merriam Webster
    Beast: (n) 1 a : a four-footed mammal as distinguished from a human being, a lower vertebrate, and an invertebrate b : a lower animal as distinguished from a human being c : an animal as distinguished from a plant d : an animal under human control 2 : a contemptible person 3 : something formidably difficult to control or deal with (Jude 1:10) (Rev: 11:1)


    Animal
    : (n) 1 : any of a kingdom (Animalia) of living things including many-celled organisms and often many of the single-celled ones (as protozoans) that typically differ from plants in having cells without cellulose walls, in lacking chlorophyll and the capacity for photosynthesis, in requiring more complex food materials (as proteins), in being organized to a greater degree of complexity, and in having the capacity for spontaneous movement and rapid motor responses to stimulation 3 : a human being considered chiefly as physical or nonrational; also : this nature4 : a person with a particular interest or aptitude

    Snake
    : (n) 1 : any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes syn. Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs 2 : a worthless or treacherous fellow (Gen. 3:1) (Job 26:13) (Is. 27:1)


    Lion
    : (n) 1 a or plural lion : a large heavily built social cat (Panthera leo) of open or rocky areas chiefly of sub-Saharan Africa though once widely distributed throughout Africa and southern Asia that has a tawny body with a tufted tail and a shaggy blackish or dark brown mane in the male b : any of several large wildcats; especially : COUGAR c capitalized : LEO 2 a : a person felt to resemble a lion (as in courage or ferocity) b : a person of outstanding interest or importance *a literary lion* (Ezek 22:25) (Heb 11:33)


    Wolf
    : (n) 1 plural also wolf a : any of several large predatory canids (genus Canis) that live and hunt in packs and resemble the related dogs; especially : GRAY WOLF — compare COYOTE, JACKAL b : the fur of a wolf 2 a (1) : a fierce, rapacious, or destructive person (2) : a man forward, direct, and zealous in amatory attentions to women (Jer. 5:6) (John 10:12)


    Bear
    : (n) 1 or pl bear : any of a family (Ursidae of the order Carnivora) of large heavy mammals of America and Eurasia that have long shaggy hair, rudimentary tails, and plantigrade feet and feed largely on fruit, plant matter, and insects as well as on flesh 2 : a surly, uncouth, burly, or shambling person *a tall, friendly bear of a man* (Dan 7:5) (Rev. 13:2)


    Sheep
    : (n) 1 : any of various hollow-horned typically gregarious ruminant mammals (genus Ovis) related to the goats but stockier and lacking a beard in the male; specifically : one (O. aries) long domesticated especially for its flesh and wool 2 a : a timid defenseless creature b : a timid docile person; especially : one easily influenced or led (Mark 14:27) (John 10:2)


    *******
    : (n) 1: DONKEY; especially : a male donkey 2 : a stupid person : FOOL (Psalm 104:11) (Job 39:5)




    Goat
    : (n) 1 a or plural goat : any of various hollow-horned ruminant mammals (especially of the genus Capra) related to the sheep but of lighter build and with backwardly arching horns, a short tail, and usually straight hair; especially : one (Capra hircus) long domesticated for its milk, wool, and flesh b capitalized : CAPRICORN 2 : a licentious man : LECHER 3 : SCAPEGOAT 2 (Dan 8:5) (Zech. 10:3)


    Dove
    : (n) 1 : any of numerous pigeons; especially : a small wild pigeon 2 : a gentle woman or child 3 : one who takes a conciliatory attitude and advocates negotiations and compromise; (Ezek. 7:16) (Hos. 7:11)


    Hawk
    : (n) 1 : any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group; especially : ACCIPITER 3 : one who takes a militant attitude and advocates immediate vigorous action; especially : a supporter of a war or warlike policy — compare DOVE (Job 39:26)



    Bird: (n) 1 archaic : the young of a feathered vertebrate 2 : any of a class (Aves) of warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by having the body more or less completely covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings 5 a : FELLOW b : a peculiar person (Job 35:11) (Rev 18:2)






    “For in the Nature of Animals One can see themselves”
     
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    The Wild Beasts of Daniel and of Revelation. That the beasts described in these books represent political kingdoms or governments, exercising rulership and authority, is clearly stated. (Da 7:6, 12, 23; 8:20-22; Re 16:10; 17:3, 9-12) A consideration of the Biblical passages reveals that, while these political ‘wild beasts’ vary in symbolic form, yet all have certain characteristics in common. All are shown as standing in opposition to God’s rule by the Messianic Kingdom over mankind. They are also depicted as in opposition to God’s "holy ones," his covenant people, first the Jewish nation, then the Christian congregation. Those specifically named (Medo-Persia and Greece) were major world powers, and the great size attributed to the others or the description of their actions indicates that these too were not minor kingdoms. (It may be noted that subordinate kingdoms are symbolized by horns in some cases.) All the beasts are represented as very aggressive, seeking the dominant position over the nations or peoples within the reach of their power.—Compare Da 7:17, 18, 21; 8:9-11, 23, 24; Re 13:4-7, 15; 17:12-14
     
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    Good Day

    So who is that final beast? It seems like for some reason people are not certain even though the Bible gives a very good description.
     
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    The final forms of the beasts are shown as reaching down to the ‘arrival of the definite time for God’s holy ones to take possession of the kingdom’ in "the appointed time of the end." Then the Messiah destroys such beastly opposition for all time. (Da 7:21-27; 8:19-25; compare also Re 17:13, 14; 19:19, 20.) It may be noted that Christ Jesus expressly foretold that opposition to the Messianic Kingdom would continue into the time of the end, so that his disciples then preaching that Kingdom would be "objects of hatred by all the nations." (Mt 24:3, 9-14) This obviously does not allow for any nation, particularly world powers, to be excluded from possible identification with the final forms or expressions of the symbolic wild beasts........ and lets not forget the image of the wild beast as well
     
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    I agree with you May. It could actually be anyone or any organizasion or country.
     
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